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#21 Ed M

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 02:53 PM

Hey Guys

 

OK, so I won a partridge skin on eBay for below $30.  I set $28 as my max price b/c I can get great skins from featheremporium.com otherwise for $30 at any time.  Mind you, it took me several tries b/c I'm not a dedicated eBay guy and am not in the habit of being online at the close of an auction so I can outbid someone by $.50.  With no offense intended, actually scratch that, if offense taken, so be it, folks who act that way kinda make me scratch my head - too many other good and fun things to be doing than bird-dogging fly tying materials on the internet...  Maybe that's just me...

 

Here's the skin I purchased:  #1315 below

 

I secured brown jacquard acid dye and some white vinegar and here's what I ended up with:  #1317 below

 

I'm actually reasonably pleased, and even somewhat proud of the result.  One thing I learned in the process was that having a soft bristle old toothbrush to brush out the feathers as they dry is important.  In the dying process, everything turns into a matted mess once you get the skin to saturate in the dye bath.  The other point, I'm happy that I was ahead of is that often these skins are boraxed as part of the drying/preservation process, and unless you wash them prior to dying, you're fighting an uphill battle as the borax is a drying agent, and on feathers, it, and the feather's natural oils want to shed water, not accept the dye.

 

I began this process b/c I've been tying with Whiting Brahma hen for soft hackles and the legs on copper john's, the collar on prince nymphs, etc.  I've found the Brahma feathers to be webbier than I'd like whereas partridge always seems to separate out nicely into individual fibers which to me look buggier.  I'm pleased enough with the result that I've ordered jacquard dye in Olive and am going to do another.

 

Thanks for the encouragement to give this a shot!  Comments, thoughts, critique and corrections all welcomed...

 

Tight lines,  EdAttached File  IMG_1315.JPG   56.12K   35 downloadsAttached File  IMG_1317.JPG   36.13K   38 downloads

 

 



#22 Probie

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 03:20 PM

There you go ! Easy

#23 Ronn Lucas

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 06:56 PM

Next time try drying with a hair dryer. Note: don't seal the skin air tight UNTIL the skin, wings & tails are completely dry!


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#24 Ed M

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 07:00 PM

Ronn,

 

Thanks, no it rests on paper towels and is otherwise open to the air - I don't have quick access to a hair dryer, although the thought crossed my mind - my wife has one, but the thought of explaining to her why I wanted it was more than I wanted to get into, so it air dries away...  :-)

 

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#25 Ronn Lucas

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 09:20 PM

You're going to pretty much dry the feathers with the hair dryer and just a little on the skin side so it is more managiable to stretch out. She'll never know it! {8^)


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#26 pickapeckof

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

2x what Ronn said

My first crack at that, i thought it was going to blow apart, it did not

This year i did a Blue Eared, Silver and Anderson pheasant all came out great

Steve



#27 Ed M

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:36 PM

Steve -

 

Any pictures?  Just won a skin on eBay for $24 - Olive dye awaits that one, and then I'm set...

 

Best, Ed